The Icelandic parliament, Althingi, passed a legislation submitted by Minister of Transport Kristján L. Möller yesterday, which bans air mechanics from going on strike until November 30 this year. Thus yesterday’s strike was lifted and air commute could resume.
When proposing the legislation, Möller argued that a continued strike among air mechanics would cause immeasurable financial damage to the community. Thirty-eight MPs voted yes, two voted no and eight abstained, ruv.is reports.
Members of the Independence Party declared that they would not stand in the way for the legislation being passed, although they do not approve of this method.
Gudmundur Steingrímsson, the Progressive Party’s representative on the Transport Committee, was uneasy about the legislation and proposed that the wage dispute be sent to arbitration.
Thór Saari of the Movement declared his opposition to the legislation, reasoning that it is a violation of basic human rights.
The government recently used the same method to end a strike among air traffic controllers.